A Letter from our Founder & CEOPosted on
Dear Braven Community,
It is difficult to put into words the pain, anger, and suffering our community is feeling in the wake of recent racist acts, including the vicious killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police officers, the death of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging, and the threatening of Christian Cooper while bird watching in Central Park in New York City. And these are only a few of the most recently publicized acts of violence that magnify the long history of racism, ongoing inequity, and injustices in our country toward African-American people and communities.
As an African-American woman, wife to an African-American man, and a guardian of four African-American children who live in my home, including a son, two daughters, and a niece, these horrific events are psychologically and emotionally exhausting. We are living in fear because of the color of our skin. And I know I am not alone. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
At Braven, many of our Fellows know all too well the experience of being seen through the lens of stereotypes and being treated unfairly due to the color of their skin. As an organization, Braven stands in solidarity with the Black community against racism, oppression, and the violation of human rights.
As a country, we need to do better—we cannot allow ourselves to become numb to the injustice that disproportionately affects the Black community daily. We must fight against racist beliefs. We must demand nationwide, systematic police reform in addition to the reforms of other systems like education, economic, and health care that have also led to our country’s deep inequities. Everyone can “do something real about injustice” and educate themselves and others when it comes to advocating for systemic change and being better allies.
Daily at Braven, we are fighting for equality of opportunity and economic justice. In our work, we are constantly reminded by the resilience of our Fellows who continue to defeat the challenges stacked against them. These students, and their families and communities, deserve a more just America in every way—and it’s up to us to be a part of the solution to create it.
Thank you for standing shoulder to shoulder with us as we try to ensure the American Promise stays alive economically. Thank you also for doing everything else you are doing to ensure our country lives up to its best self to stop systematic discrimination towards anyone based on race. I am optimistic that our combined efforts will create a better future.
Aimée Eubanks Davis
Founder and CEO